The coming year in painting: Degas, Murillo, and more
Carolus-Duran (1837–1917), Merrymakers (1870), oil, dimensions not known, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI. Wikimedia Commons.
The new year has some anniversaries of major painters which I will be marking with articles here. Here is a sampling of some of the painters whose work I will be looking at, and a few examples of the paintings in store for the coming year.
Of these anniversaries, I suspect that Degas and Murillo will be the most celebrated, in terms of books and exhibitions. All in all, 2017 promises to be a very interesting and painterly year.
10 February 1917 – John William Waterhouse (1849-1917), associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement
15 February 1817 – Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), a notable French landscape painter
17 February 1917 – Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), a major French teacher, the most famous of his pupils being John Singer Sargent
23 February 1817 – George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and a major teacher and influence on British painting in the nineteenth century
8 July 1917 – Tom Thomson (1877-1917), a major Canadian landscape painter, who drowned in mysterious circumstances when canoeing in Algonquin Park
1 August 1817 – Richard Dadd (1817-1886), a highly original painter who spent much of his life in institutions after he murdered his father
27 September 1917 – Edgar Degas (1834-1917), the ‘odd one out’ of the French Impressionists
31 October 1517 – Fra Bartolomeo (1472-1517), a major Florentine painter of the early Renaissance
one day in December 1617 – Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681), one of the great Dutch genre painters
31 December 1617 – Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), a major Spanish painter of religious works
on a date unknown in 1717 – Alexander Cozens (1717-1786), one of the great British watercolour painters of landscapes
It is also worth bearing in mind that in 1817 the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London opened Britain’s first purpose-built public art gallery. Although less well-known than the National Gallery or the Tate, it has a superb collection of old Masters, and I am sure it will be marking this anniversary too.